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Rachel's Tears 10th Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

Beth S Nimmo
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Feb. 17 2009

"I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of Jesus . . . If I have to sacrifice everything . . . I will." –Rachel Scott

The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. We later learned that the teenage killers specifically targeted Rachel Scott and mocked her Christian faith on their chilling, homemade videotapes. Rachel Scott died for her faith. Now her parents talk about Rachel's life and how they have found meaning in their daughter's martyrdom in the aftermath of the school shooting. Rachel's Tears comes from a heartfelt need to celebrate this young girl's life, to work through the grief and the questions of a nation, and to comfort those who have been touched by violence in our schools today. Using excerpts and drawings from Rachel's own journals, her parents offer a spiritual perspective on the Columbine tragedy and provide a vision of hope for preventing youth violence across the nation.

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About the Author

Beth Nimmo is the mother of Rachel Scott, the first victim killed at Columbine High School. Beth is the co-author of Rachel's Tears and author of The Journals of Rachel Scott.

Darrell Scott has become a crusader since his daughter's death in the Columbine High School tragedy. He is the co-founder of The Columbine Redemption and is the co-author of the bestselling book Rachel's Tears and Chain Reaction.



Steve Rabey is an award-winning author and speaker.  He has written nearly twenty books and over 2,000 articles about religion and popular culture in the New York Times, Christian Retailing, and Publishers Weekly, among many others.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something? Jan. 10 2002
Format:Paperback
I've had such a hard time getting through this book.
Yes, Rachel was a true servant of God. Yes, Rachel loved humanity.
Yes, Rachel struggled with temptation, and everything else we all go through, but I don't understand why she had to be written about.
A martyr? I'm more than halfway through the book and I've yet to come across anything that says or suggests that she was targeted because of her religious beliefs.
Rachel was loved, and admired by those who knew her, but I don't think that her relationship with the Lord was any better or any worse than those of other believers. I've been a born again christian for the past 16 years, and all Rachel went through while in school, I went through, and that didn't make me better or worser than the person next to me.
Rachel had a deep relationship with God that many teenagers her age don't have. She wanted to be used by God. She wanted heads to turn when she walked by. That's great. She was dear and special. That's great, but I'm missing something and I don't know what it is.
I truly believe that instead of writing about Rachel herself, her parents should've published all her beautiful poetry and drawings. She was obviously a very talented young lady who had so much to offer, and yet her life was cut short by two boys who obviously needed a lot of help.
I wish I could give this book more stars, but I just can't justify my doing so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Aug. 22 2009
Format:Paperback
What an amazing young woman. I felt privileged to share in her young life and in her family's grief at her brutal murder - along with the murder of 12 other people on April 20, 1999 - and in their ongoing attempts to heal and to spread her message of faith and hope.

Her story - as she had hoped when she was alive - is inspiring and uplifting, and can make a difference in those that read this book.

We all our hope that our lives will make a difference. That when we pass from this world something about us will live on in the people that knew us and perhaps in people that we don't know we've touched.

Pick up this book and discover a young girl's spiritual life that challenges even those who have been Christians all their lives. And for those who don't know Christ, yet, can help show the difference He made in her life.

While I have never met Rachel (I know I will when I get to heaven), I have no doubt that she was as "real" a Christian as one could ever hope to meet. When I pass on, I can only hope people remember me as a person who "walked the talk", started a "chain reaction" and showed Jesus' love and compassion to others.

Thank you, Rachel. You have done more in your short life than many Christians have done in a lifetime!
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3.0 out of 5 stars This will touch you! July 12 2009
Format:Paperback
A 17-year old girl has changed the world and you may not even know her name. She was the first victim of the Columbine school shooting tragedy. Her funeral was broadcast on CNN with the largest viewing audience than any other broadcast, including Princess Di's funeral. She was a sister, a student, and an actress. But more importantly, she was deeply connected to God's will for her life. She predicted her life to be short but full of impact. She was right. Rachel Joy Scott continues to live through the message she carried in her daily living. And the book her parents wrote about her faith is an important read for all. Beginning with a heart wrenching dedication to each buried victim, the reader is given a glimpse into the aftermath for the unburied victims as well. Rachel's parents relate their experiences and thoughts of Rachel, but also include excerpts from her journals, and conversations Rachel had with her peers. Interestingly, her parents learned much more of her life after she died: how intimately passionate she was about sharing her faith, how she cared for the outcasts at school, how she struggled with typical teenage banes. This book has some bold lessons for all to learn, including forgiveness of the two murderers, who were no more than boys themselves. It is a testament of God's faithfulness to help you overcome whatever obstacle you face. It is a must-read for any young adult and inspires delicate yet firm belief in God's purpose. I have heard her father and sister speak about her life and her challenge to us all to do just one good deed each day. This printed account is just as powerful. It is the life of Rachel Joy Scott. Now you know her name. Now read her story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Relatively Interesting June 13 2004
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This is a relatively interesting book, but I don't believe that Rachel was asked that. That doesn't make her death any less tragic or make her any less of a person, but Rachel (along with Danny R.) was killed outside; part of a random shooting. The two other people sitting with her I believe were also shot. They weren't asked about their faith and I don't believe Rachel was either. I think the only one asked and shot was Valeen S. I think her name was. If she had been asked, and Rachel said no, they would have shot her anyway. They asked two other kids if they believed in God (Dylan did), and when someone answered yes, Dylan just walked away.
Anyway, this is an interesting read, but I did find it hard to get past all the preaching. Maybe that's because I'm not to religious, but Christians who believe that Rachel was asked will probably divulge the book. It's written well, and interesting, what's not to like if you don't mind preaching?
Just remember that Rachel and Cassie aren't the only victims here. Their death is no more important than Danny R., Daniel M., Kyle, Kelly, John, Isaiah, Corey, Steven, Lauren, Matt and Mr. Sanders. ALL of these people's deaths are important, but because it's speculated that they were asked a question doesn't make Rachel and Cassie above the others. RIP all of them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
I was originally motivated to pick up this book after reading "No Easy Answers" by Brooks Brown in which there is a chapter describing his brief friendship with Rachel and how an... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shroomy
3.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's Tears
I can clearly remember when the tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado touched my life. I was just finishing my first year of college, when the news spread through the... Read more
Published on March 20 2009 by Christina Banks
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Rachel's Tears, is a sad story that her parents wrote. It is a breathtaking and overwhelming story. There is Rachel, a joyful teen, that believes in God. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book is more than just another book about Columbine. This book is a book about a remarkable young lady who was an amazing example of how Christ wants us to be. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by "ragamuffin274"
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiration
i really enjoyed Rechel's Tears and am now reading it for a second time, i found it very inspiring, it gave me many new ideas of how to show my love for the lord and how to tell... Read more
Published on July 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational, not for heartless anti-Christians
I could not put this book down, though I did have to stop reading at times when it got too emotional. I couldn't believe how much this book got to me, but it did. Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by Chris the Proud American Patriot
1.0 out of 5 stars no...
i sorry, i read this book and it was VERY easy to put down. simple as the fact that because she was a christian and because she died, does NOT make her a martyr. Read more
Published on June 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the chain reaction of kindness.
This is just the book I needed to read! Spiritually, it changed my life forever. Now, I realize how precious life is, how amazing God can be through the hearts of others, and how... Read more
Published on May 20 2003 by Empty
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachels tears
The book Rachels Tears is about the Columbine shooting. The author is Best Nimmo. Its a very good book. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by Danielle Ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's Tears
The book Rachel's Tears is about the Columbine shooting.The author is Beth Nimmo.Its a very good book.I'Ve read other book on the shooting and for some reason this one stood out. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by Danielle Ayres
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